Another hurricane formed in the Atlantic Basin on Sunday, but this one, fortunately, appears to be safely tucked away in the depths of the central Atlantic Ocean.
Lee developed from a tropical storm into a hurricane officially on Sunday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles-per-hour (MPH) as of Sunday afternoon, making it a Category 1 storm. It’s location, however, is nearly dead-smack in the middle of the Atlantic, thousands of miles from either the North American or African coastlines, and over 500 miles east of Bermuda. It’ll only be of concern to shipping interests.
It’s expected to remain a hurricane through most of the upcoming week, drifting to the west before turning north at the end of the week, but at no point is it expected to threaten land. It’ll likely turn off towards Europe next weekend.
Perhaps more significantly, however, Lee became the eighth consecutive named storm to become a hurricane, the first time that has happened since 1893, according to Colorado State University researcher Dr. Phil Klotzbach.
This busy Atlantic season has already featured 13 named storms, including the eight consecutive hurricanes, four of which have become major hurricanes (Category 3 or greater). A full season averages 11 named storms, including six hurricanes and two major ones. The season officially ends on November 30th, meaning there’s plenty of time for additional development.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest through a busy 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi